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Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Shane Williams out for 10 weeks following Francois Steyn tackle

Welsh wizard Shane Williams will be out of rugby for at least 10 weeks after he suffered a shoulder injury just before halftime in Wales’ 29-25 loss to South Africa on the weekend. He may also be a doubtful starter for the Six Nations.

Williams, his country’s all time leading try scorer and the third highest try scorer in Test history with 53, was flung and dumped by Springbok center Francois Steyn, causing a dislocation of the left shoulder as he landed awkwardly.

"Truth is, I just don’t know yet what I’ve done to the shoulder. I’ve had an operation on both of them in the past to clean them out, but because I have never dislocated my shoulder before I’m not sure how bad it is," Williams said.

"I went down, heard it pop and then when I rolled over on it, I heard another pop, so I’m assuming it has popped out and popped back in. But I’m not a doctor. It’s as sore as hell at the moment, almost unbearably so. It’s like toothache and I’ve had to take quite a few painkillers," he added.

Wales physiotherapist Mark Davies said later that a scan revealed what was suspected – the shoulder dislocated then immediately moved back into place. Williams will undergo exploratory surgery to assess the damage.

"We know he will be out of action now for a minimum of 10 weeks," Davies said.

He will miss Wales’ remaining November internationals, including meetings with Fiji and New Zealand. There’s also a real chance that the 33 year old will be out for the start of the Six Nations too.

Wales now have just George North, the eighteen year old, to rely on as they search for another wing to join him for the next few games. Leigh Halfpenny is injured, so the talk is that Chris Czekaj, Will Harries, or Aled Brew may take the left wing berth.

Time: 0:43



  • That's what happens when you play with the big boys. Steyn just had enough, sort of like an angry 17 year old with awesome facial hair taking it out on his 10 year old, annoying cousin in backyard rugby.

    By Anonymous Owned, at November 16, 2010 12:01 pm  

  • oh and first durr im retarded durrrr.. Idiots.

    By Anonymous Owned, at November 16, 2010 12:05 pm  

  • duuuur ^ Moron...

    Wales will really miss him, a shame too since for his age he's still playing really really well.

    By Anonymous David, at November 16, 2010 12:09 pm  

  • First, nothing is wrong with the tackle.

    Bad luck for Shane and the Welsh rugby, they really do not need this at this moment.
    Great player, hope to see him soon at his best once again.

    By Anonymous Flipje, at November 16, 2010 12:27 pm  

  • Good tackle that.

    Unfortunate for Williams, I'm sure he's been inserted into the ground much harder than that on many occasions before.

    Big loss for Wales - he's got that talismanic quality, you hear the crowd roar as soon as he gets his hands on the ball.

    Still, it'll give them a chance to try out some options for the post-Shane era, which can't be too far away.

    By Anonymous Von, at November 16, 2010 12:30 pm  

  • Shane Williams is a great player and this is very unfortunate .. make a speedy recovery.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at November 16, 2010 12:36 pm  

  • fair tackle, shane was unlucky there

    By Anonymous Danny, at November 16, 2010 1:05 pm  

  • Boom! Nice tackle slammed! Fair play to SA pulling it out of the bag at the end. That was some cut on Shanklin's head too poor blood reminds me of Denis Hickie.

    By Anonymous Conor, at November 16, 2010 2:11 pm  

  • Atleast on the up side North should definitly have playing time now that the normally nailed down winger spot that S.W. possess's is free.

    This could be a blessing in disguise ahead of the world cup for Wales to expand their depth.

    By Anonymous BigBucks, at November 16, 2010 2:34 pm  

  • i agree with big bucks. It's a terrible shame for Williams but you know what he can do, so give some other guys a run out in the lead up to the world cup.

    Hopw to see him back soon though.

    By Anonymous Third Centre, at November 16, 2010 2:42 pm  


    By Anonymous VictorSoCalRuggger, at November 16, 2010 2:46 pm  

  • Wales will surely miss him great player...i am not wales..but a fan..speedy recovery..!!

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at November 16, 2010 3:08 pm  

  • That was the only thing Frans Steyn did all game.

    South Africa are going to get creamed against England.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at November 16, 2010 3:56 pm  

  • Wose news for South Africa, Habana out of the series with a broken hand.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at November 16, 2010 3:58 pm  

  • 1 less player for Munster to worry about V Ospreys. Altho that leaves another 14.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at November 16, 2010 4:34 pm  

  • Seriously bad news for wales, we still dont have any wingers who can replace his skills.
    Czekaj and Brew dont even come close but north looks pretty decent.

    By Anonymous WelshOsprey, at November 16, 2010 4:50 pm  

  • how is that bad news for sa. habana is shite. im so happy to see him go home.

    By Anonymous ALAIN, at November 16, 2010 4:52 pm  

  • fair play tto williams for presenting the ball properly when in that much pain. good tackle as well.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at November 16, 2010 5:04 pm  

  • What exactly is an operation to "clean out" a shoulder?

    In any case, this doesn't bode well for Wales, but the upside is maybe they can keep cycling through wingers until they find one who can actually step like Williams.

    I wonder...does Gio Aplon happen to have any Welsh in him? :)

    By Anonymous fred, at November 16, 2010 6:03 pm  

  • "how is that bad news for sa. habana is shite. im so happy to see him go home."

    Agreed. I hate his style of play and the way he is used by SA. I'd say stick Aplon on the wing and find another full back,

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at November 16, 2010 6:37 pm  

  • Judo Throw,illegal but not uncommon.

    By Anonymous goodNumber10, at November 16, 2010 7:26 pm  

  • Shane Williams is one of my all-time favorites, but I'm sorry, if that's illegal, goodnumber10, then I'm done with Union.

    By Anonymous fry, at November 16, 2010 8:32 pm  

  • our wing options are shocking for the new zealand game
    czekaj, harries, brew LOL what a load of rubbish.. none of those are world class and they never will be.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at November 16, 2010 10:32 pm  

  • Good news that Habana is going home, he needs a break and is horribly out of form, he doesn't miss too many matches so it's bound to happen.

    Shows how stupid the coaches are for not resting him.

    Don't worry though, he'll be back in Rwc 2011 to score 8 more tries.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at November 17, 2010 12:14 am  

  • :-(

    Oh no. The tackle was fair though.

    By Anonymous EARugbyFan, at November 17, 2010 12:52 am  

  • The way he set up hooks try was perfect rugby. Wales will surely miss him.

    By Anonymous ElTigre, at November 17, 2010 1:45 am  

  • hehehe smashed the little runt. as watem welshies need, a smashin. Shame for SHane is onlie 10 weeks. Soulda put him out for leasht 20. Well em wallabies r get those whales for sure. GOtta Bloody harpoon unna boomerang

    By Anonymous coolangatta gold, at November 17, 2010 5:33 am  

  • Are you coming onto me, coolangatta?

    By Anonymous falafel waffle, at November 17, 2010 6:01 am  

  • coolangatta demonstrating why African people will forever live in wooden shacks and drink from dirty streams.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at November 17, 2010 10:35 am  

  • "I'm sorry, if that's illegal, goodnumber10, then I'm done with Union."


    see you later then I'm sure you'll be missed :)

    I don't really care I'm just pointing out that a Judo throw using the leg to tip someone's body weight is illegal, but it's seldom if ever called in this day and age - much like feeding the scrum.

    By Anonymous goodNumber10, at November 17, 2010 2:03 pm  

  • Anonymous, how very smart of you. Unfortunately Coolangatta is a place in Australia. Africans don't speak like that. So your attempt at humour (is that what it was?) failed dismally. Next time use a name tough guy ;)

    Goodnumber10, this wasn't a jude throw though. He didn't use his leg at all. Watch it again.

    By Anonymous Scotsdale, at November 17, 2010 2:16 pm  

  • scotsdale, i have to disagree, but it's no big deal - it all evens out as it bugs me that williams hurdles tackels.

    big loss for wales, great player and he'll be missed.

    By Anonymous goodNumber10, at November 17, 2010 6:11 pm  

  • goodNumber10 said...
    Judo Throw,illegal but not uncommon.

    As a black belt in Judo I can tell you; that is NOT a Judo throw. It is also legal so you're talking rubbish.

    By Blogger Euan, at November 18, 2010 1:32 pm  

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